Olamide Adedeji (born 15 March, 1989), popularly known as Olamide (but popularly called Olamide Baddo, is a Nigerian hip hop recording artist.[1] He records in Yoruba, and English. In 2011, he released his debut studio album Rapsodi while signed to Coded Tunes. YBNL, his follow-up album, was released under his label imprint YBNL Nation. The album was supported by the singles "First of All", "Voice of the Street", "Stupid Love", and "Ilefo Illuminati". On 7 November, 2013, he released his third studio album Baddest Guy Ever Liveth. The album's singles include "Durosoke" and "Yemi My Lover". On 17 July, 2013, Olamide became the first Nigerian to sign an endorsement deal with Cîroc.[2]

Olamide performing at the first edition of his OLIC concert
Olamide performing at the first edition of his OLIC concert
Background information
Birth nameOlamide Adedeji
Born (1989-03-15) 15 March 1989 (age 31)
Bariga, Lagos State, Nigeria
Years active2010–present
Associated acts

Early life and musical beginningEdit

Olamide Adedeji was born in Bariga, Lagos State, on the 15th of March, 1989. He is the second of the three children of Pa Adedeji and his second wife, Ronke Osisanya Adedeji.[1] Olamide has two siblings, TemmyGold and Eniola Olamilekan (who is also known as DJ Enimoney).[2]

Olamide started his career when he released the debut single, “Eni Duro,” in 2010. In the same year, he performed at The Hip Hop World Awards.[1] He studied mass communication at Tai Solarin University but dropped out due to financial problems.[3]

Adedeji is married to Adebukunmi Aisha Suleiman.They have two boys together, Maximilian Boluwatife and Tunrepin Myles. [4] Olamide allegedly had a love child with Maria Okanrende,who was then working with Beat F.M.The name of the child is Asaiah Monife Maria.[5]

Music careerEdit

He was signed to ID Cabasa's Coded Tunes record label and was managed by Toni Payne.[1] In 2012, he left Coded Tunes and started his own record label YBNL Nation.[3]


Olamide's debut album Rapsodi was released in 2011. Its lead single "Omo To Shan" charted on several radio stations in Lagos and across Nigeria. Olamide's debut offering led to collaborations with numerous artists, including Wizkid, ID Cabasa, 9ice, Reminisce and D'banj.[4]


Adedeji's second studio album YBNL was released in November 2012. Its production was handled by Tyrone (producer), Samklef, 2 Kriss, Pheelz and ID Cabasa. The album features guest appearances from Davido, Tiwa Savage, Kayswitch, Dammy Krane, Reminisce, Samklef, Buckwylla, Minus 2 and Base One. It was supported by the singles "Ilefo Illuminati", "First of All", "Stupid Love" and "Voice of the Street".[5]

2013:" Baddest Guy Ever Liveth"Edit

Baddest Guy Ever Liveth (abbreviated as BGEL) is Olamide's third Studio Album. It was released on November 7, 2013, by YBNL Nation.[6] Olamide recorded the album between 2012 and 2013 and enlisted Pheelz, Buckwyla, Ketchup, Ice Prince, Pepenazi, Endia, Viktoh, B.Banks, Phyno, Pele Pele and Bez to appear as guest artists on it. The album was produced entirely by Pheelz, except for the thirteenth track "Sitting on the Throne".[7][8]

Baddest Guy Ever Liveth was supported by four singles: "Durosoke", "Turn Up", "Yemi My Lover" and "Eleda Mi O". Premium Times newspaper included the album on its list of the 5 yet to be released Nigerian albums of 2013.[9] It was ranked 12th on Afrikka Radio's list of the top 12 best Nigerian albums of 2013.[10] Baddest Guy Ever Liveth won Best Album of the Year at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards, and was nominated for Rap Album of the Year at the 2014 City People Entertainment Awards.[11][12] It won Best Rap Album and Album of the Year at The Headies 2014.[13]

2014:"Street OT"Edit

On November 14, 2014, Olamide released his fourth album Street OT through YBNL Nation.[14] The album is a follow up to his 2013 Baddest Guy Ever Liveth album.[15] Preceded by the singles titled "Story For The Gods" and "Goons Mi", Street OT features guest appearances from Pasuma, Lil Kesh, Chinko Ekun, Phyno, Don Jazzy, and Reminisce. Its production was handled by Pheelz, B-Banks and Young Jonn.[16] The ideology of the title of the album is to glorify and show his love for the "streets", a word with which Olamide is synanimous with.[17]

2015:" 2 Kings"Edit

Olamide collaborated with Phyno in 2015 to release 2 Kings. It was released through Cloud 9 and the iTunes Store with little announcement on 1 April 2015, by Penthauze Music and YBNL Nation. The album features collaborations with producers and guest artists such as Wizkid, Lil Kesh, Storm Rex, Pheelz, Major Bangz, B.Banks and Young John.[18] Prior to recording the album, Olamide and Phyno frequently collaborated with each other on several songs, including "Ghost Mode" and "Dope Money". The album produced the singles "Une" and "Confam Ni", both of which were released in the months leading to the album's release.

2015:"Eyan Mayweather"Edit

Olamide's fifth studio album Eyan Mayweather was released on 23 November 2015.[19][20] Released through YBNL Nation with studio production from Pheelz, Young Jonn, B Banks and I.D. Cabasa, Eyan Mayweather is the follow up to 2 Kings, a collaborative album by Olamide and Phyno. The album boasted of having 21 tracks with no single feature.[21]

2016:"The Glory"Edit

The Glory, Olamide's sixth studio album, was released on 23 December 2016. Released through YBNL Nation with studio production from Pheelz. The Album contains 16 back to back track with features from artistes like Phyno, Wande Coal, Burna Boy, Akuchi and Davolee. The Glory is the follow up to Eyan Mayweather.

Improbable record deal with DB recordsEdit

In May 2013, it was reported that Olamide signed a record deal with DB Records. Olamide took to Twitter to debunk the reports.[22] In an interview with Toolz on NdaniTV's The Juice, he said that it is too late for anyone to sign him.[23]

Joint Venture Deal With EMPIREEdit

Olamide revealed to the public on 18 February 2020 that his record label, YBNL Nation has signed a Joint Venture deal with international distribution company [6], Empire. He further stated that Fireboy DML, and any new artiste signed to YBNL Nation will join him to benefit from the deal.

2020:"999 EP"Edit

On the 10th of February, 2020 Olamide released a surprise project, Titled 999Ep.[24] It had nine songs on it. Its production was handled mainly by Pheelz. It had guest appearances like Phyno, Maximilliano (Olamide's Son) and others.

The EP received average review from music critics, most critics credited Olamide for doing almost 100% rap project after staying off rap for quite a number of years but emphasis was pointed at the fact that the project won't survive the test of time.

Tooxclusive rated the project 6/10[25] while Molotani Alake of Pulse TV gave a 5.5/10 review.[26] Some of the songs include No Time, Warlords, Billion Talk, Mojo, etc.

Carpe DiemEdit

Carpe Diem (Olamide album) is the 11th studio album of Nigeria rap king Olamide, released October 8, 2020.[27] Carpe Diem is a 12 track album featuring Omah Lay, Fireboy DML, Peruzzi, Bad Boy Timz, Bella Shmurda and Phyno with production credits to Young John, Pheelz, P.Prime, Idcabass and VStix.


Studio albumsEdit

Collaborative albums and EPsEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Event Prize Recipient Result Ref 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival Listeners' Choice Oil & Gas Nominated
2018 The Headies Best Street-Hop Artiste Wo Nominated
Best Rap Album The Glory Nominated
Artiste of the Year Himself Nominated
Song of the Year Wo Nominated
Headies' Viewer's Choice Nominated [29]
2016 Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEAs) Album of the Year Eyan Mayweather Won [30]
Rap Act of the Year Himself Won
2015 City People Entertainment Awards Rap Artist of the Year Himself Won
The Headies 2015 Best Street-Hop Artiste Won
Artiste of The Year Won
Best Pop Single "Bobo" Nominated
TooXclusive Awards 2015 Certified Banger of The Year Shakiti Bobo Won
Video Wonder of The Year Melo Melo Won
Artiste of The Year Himself Won
Male Artiste of The Year Himself Won
Best Street Hop Track Shakiti Bobo Nominated
'Reggae Blues'

(HarrySong featuring Olamide, KCee, Iyanya & Orezi)


(Olamide & Phyno featuring Lil Kesh)

Best Hip-Hop Track 'Local Rappers'

(Reminisce featuring Olamide & Phyno)

Mixtape of The Year '2 Kings'

(Olamide & Phyno)

Album of The Year Street OT Won
2014 The Headies 2014 Artiste of the Year Himself Nominated
Best Rap Album Baddest Guy Ever Liveth Won
Album of the Year Won
Best Rap Single "Dope Money"
(featuring Phyno)
2014 Channel O Music Video Awards Most Gifted West "Turn Up" Won [31]
2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Rap Act of the Year Himself Nominated [32]
MTV Africa Music Awards 2014 Best Hip Hop Nominated [33]
City People Entertainment Awards Musician of the Year (Male) Nominated [34]
Rap Artiste of the Year Nominated
Most Popular Song of the Year "Eleda Mi" Nominated
Rap Album of the Year Baddest Guy Ever Liveth Nominated
World Music Awards World's Best Male Artist Himself Nominated [35]
World's Best Live Act Nominated
World's Best Entertainer of the Year Nominated
2013 Nigeria Music Video Awards Video of the Year "Durosoke" Nominated [36]
Best Afro Hip Hop Video Won
The Headies 2013 Song of the Year Nominated [37]
Best Street Hip-Hop Artiste Won
Best Rap Single Nominated
"Ghost Mode"
(Phyno featuring Olamide)
Artiste of the Year Himself Nominated
Lyricist on the Roll "Voice of the Streets" Nominated
Best Rap Album YBNL Won
Album of the Year Won
2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Album of the Year Won [38]
Best Rap Act of the Year Himself Nominated [39]
Music Video of the Year "Voice of the Street" Nominated
Best Indigenous Artiste Himself Won [38]
Best Collabo "Ghost Mode"
(Phyno featuring Olamide)
2012 The Headies 2012 Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year Himself Nominated [40]
Best Rap Single "Young Erikina" Nominated
Best Rap Album Rapsodi Nominated
2011 The Headies 2011 Next Rated Himself Nominated

See alsoEdit


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